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Pam Hennen to retire after 20 years of service

Celebrating her retirement this fall is Pam Hennen, secretary in the Office of Student Affairs. Before coming to College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, she worked as a temporary employee in the Student Affairs office of the College of Arts and Sciences and also worked part-time in the Political Science department. She recalls feeling excited on her first day at The University of Toledo, even though she didn’t know anyone.

“It didn’t take long to find help and friends,” she said.

After over 20 years at The University of Toledo, Hennen will miss the wonderful friendships she has formed, as well as seeing students move along in their careers. She also notes the many changes she has witnessed in the past two decades.

“When I started, we had primarily the B.S. in Pharmacy degree and were moving to the PharmD. We changed from quarters to semesters and moved to Wolfe Hall in the same semester. We have updated to our computers many processes we did on paper, and of course the number of faculty and staff has grown,” she said.

Hennen, however, has been a fixture in our college. Over the years, she was often the first face students encountered in the college, greeting them warmly and welcoming their families to The University of Toledo.

Her funniest memory of her time at UT involves Dr. Christine Hinko, executive associate dean and associate dean for student affairs, also retiring this year.

“She had a guest waiting and couldn’t get out of her coat because the zipper was stuck,” Hennen recalled. “I was trying to help her get out of the coat, and we couldn’t stop laughing.”

Remaining connected to UT and the college is important to Hennen, who plans to join the retiree organization and attend college events after her retirement.

The college will celebrate the retirement of Pam Hennen on November 18 from 3-5pm in Salon C of the Radisson at UTMC.

Kathy Zember to retire from The University of Toledo

Looking back on November 7, 1994, Kathy Zember’s first day of employment at The University of Toledo, she recalls being somewhat hesitant about going back to work full time after having been home with her two boys for most of their young lives.

“It was a big decision for both my husband and me, but it was a good decision. I had very minimal computer skills, and so on my first day at UT I was overwhelmed and unsure of the responsibilities ahead,” Zember said.

Zember jokes that she brought very few personal possessions to work during the first couple of weeks, just in case the job didn’t work out.

Twenty years later, Zember is the college’s program accreditation specialist for Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs). Over the years, she has developed friendships and memories that have enriched her life in many ways. In addition to gaining computer skills, Zember has enjoyed the camaraderie, and interacting with co-workers, friends, and students. She values the laughter she has shared with them over the years.

Asked about a situation that made her laugh, she recounts a particularly frantic moment involving her colleagues and a microwave oven.

“Early in my years at UT, I worked in proximity to an individual who really disliked the smell of popcorn and made it quite clear. One day, I accidentally burned a bag of popcorn to a big lump of char. Smoke was literally billowing from the microwave, and this individual was due to arrive at work at any moment. I had a teaching assistant spray cologne in the microwave room as I fled down the hall to the bathroom, where I disposed of the huge chunk of char.

As I raced past the Office of Student Affairs to get rid of the evidence of my popcorn debacle, panic ensued because the staff thought I was running from an electrical fire. I shared my story with a few of my close coworkers, and we certainly had a lot of laughs,” Zember recalled. “I always said that maybe when I retire, I’d share this story.”

Zember plans to stay connected to the college by continuing the types of activities through which she has developed friendships with colleagues, including dinners, kayaking, student events, painting classes, and shopping.

“I plan to continue that practice as much as possible to stay connected,” she said. “It’s easy to make a friend, but it takes an effort to maintain friendships. I hope that I will never lose sight of that.”

Zember’s plans for retirement also include spending time with her husband, gardening, reading, and volunteering at Toledo Children’s Hospital.

“If I get bored,” she said, “I’ll look for a fun job – maybe in a clothing boutique!”

The changes Zember has witnessed in the college and in the profession of pharmacy have included the inception of the Doctor of Pharmacy degree, which was once optional, and the growth in the number of students pursuing this degree. However, the stability in the college is symbolic to her.

“Since I have been at UT, our college has had two deans of the college, two associate deans for Student Affairs, and four chairs or interim chairs of Pharmacy Practice,” she recalled. “I think that speaks to job satisfaction.”

After 20 years of service in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, Zember is retiring.

“There is nowhere else in the University that I would have rather been,” she said. “This has been a fun experience and one I will never forget.”

The college will celebrate the retirement of Kathy Zember on November 18 from 3-5pm in Salon C of the Radisson at UTMC.

Dr. Wayne Hoss’s Retirement

Dr. Wayne HossDr. Wayne Hoss, executive associate dean of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, will retire in June 2013 after 28 years of service to the university. Dr. Hoss joined the faculty of The University of Toledo in 1985 as a professor of medicinal chemistry. He later added the responsibility of co-directing the Center for Drug Design and Development for a brief period before spending nearly a decade as the university’s associate vice president for research and development. Dr. Hoss returned to the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in 1999 as the interim dean before taking on the role of associate dean and later executive associate dean, the position he now holds.

Dr. Hoss’s leadership and vision have been a driving factor behind many of the college’s successes over the years. He is involved in every aspect of the college, from research and graduate studies to ensuring that the college’s facilities are the best in the region and that the college exceeds the standards set by its accrediting body.

In addition to his roles in academia, Dr. Hoss remains closely involved in research. He is a director at Mithridion, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company that focuses on treatments for neurological and psychiatric disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia.

Karen Papadakis retires after more than four decades at University

Dean Johnnie Early presented a UT mortar and pestle to Karen Papadakis, administrative secretary in the Department of Pharmacology.

By Brian Purdue

The University of Toledo has undergone countless changes throughout the last four decades, and Karen Papadakis has experienced them all. After 41 years and four months of working at UT, she is moving on — and taking with her great memories and friendships she made during her time at the University. After graduating from high school in Tecumseh, Mich., she moved to Toledo and began working at UT while taking classes to earn an associate of applied business degree.

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